thesmallisbeautiful wrote: The facts just don't agree with you (as they don't agree with a lot of the claims made to back up the "health benefits" of veganism)
Everything you said was invalidated basically by this aside. The basic fact is vegans statistically are healthier, and finding one or two examples of unhealthy vegans doesn't change that. Less chance of heart disease, obesity, cancer, strokes, arthritis, osteoporosis ..... the list is endless.
I have friends in animal research, my feelings are that it is necessary at some point in the process of testing new medicines. The sad and sick part is that like every area of research where your job is reliant on the process continuing, they simply overdo it, or ignore the fact that the tests have proven nothing. The result is studies go on for years longer than they need to in order to keep a facility running. This is the situation one of my friends study is in currently, he realizes that the study has proven nothing so far, and has resulted in years of animal testing with no end in sight. Like most areas of the government, charity organizations and other corruptible institutions, the animal testing industry could use a independent watchdog organization.